Friday, October 30, 2015

David C. Bunnell


From thence I was sent to the United States. Nothing remarkable happened to me from the time I left Marseilles until I arrived at my mother's house in York, Livingston Co., October 30. 1830. I had not seen my mother since I first left her twenty three years and seven months ago.

Wednesday, October 28, 2015

George Duffield, Aide-De-Camp... General Nathaniel Taylor :


George Duffield's widow, whose pension application is shown above, was Sally (Carter) Duffield Brewer of Johnson City, Carter County, Tennessee.

Alfred Taylor (the General's son) married Elizabeth Duffield, dau of George Duffield.

Monday, October 26, 2015

William Howard In The 4th Militia

War of 1812: Upper Canada Returns, Nominal Rolls and Pay lists....; Muster roll of a Detachment of the 4th Regiment, Lincoln Militia under the command of Lieutenant Colonel Robert Nelles:

Privates [among others]

#3.   Morris Terrebery      From 23rd October to 1st November [Year?]
#11. Jacob Book                    "                 "
#33. William Howard       From 26th October to 1st November

William Howard's daughter, Melissa Howard, married Morris Terryberry's son, David Terryberry.

Saturday, October 24, 2015

Background Of Lundy's Lane


My information respecting the early settlement of...Lundy's Lane is as follows: In the year 1778 or thereabouts, three men by the names of Lundy, Howey and Brooks, married to sisters by the name of Silverthorn, lived in what is now known as the State of New Jersey (then a British colony), at a place called the Log Jail, about sixty miles from New York. These men, rather than join General Washington's army, came to Canada and settled at or near Niagara Falls. I heard Mr. Brooks, who was my grandfather, say, when describing his journey to Canada, that they came on horseback. Each one had two horses and each a wife and one child. My mother was one of the children; name, Sarah Brooks. Her father said they had heard there was a British colony somewhere in the west called Canada, and that they were going to find it.

Tuesday, October 20, 2015

Matthias Book

War of 1812: Upper Canada Returns, Nominal Rolls and Paylists

Microform: t-10386
Matthias Book
 4th Lincoln

Wednesday, October 14, 2015

Incautiously Advancing

War Of 1812 Soldiers By A Fire (Not In Canada)

Journal and Transactions...: 

"The surprise was tolerably complete but our troops [British/Canadian] incautiously advancing and charging across the line of the camp fires and a few muskets being fired notwithstanding my exertions to prevent it our line was distinctly seen by the enemy whose troops in some degree recovered from the panic and formed upon the surrounding heights on the Gage farm below or north of the Gage house poured a destructive fire of musketry upon us which was answered on our part by repeated charges whenever a body of the enemy could be discovered or reached."

Also see the Smith's Knoll On Their Left Hand blog post.

Friday, October 9, 2015

In Concert With Scott

Source - Fort Erie

The life and military and civic services of Lieut.-Gen. Winfield Scott: complete up to the present period :

"The little troop moving on Niagara had noble incentives to duty."

"...Lieutenant Elliott and a company of seamen to Black Rock where in concert with Scott he conceived the project of cutting out two British brigs of war just arrived from Detroit, and then lying snugly under the guns of Fort Erie--a British fortress opposite Buffalo. This enterprise of great daring was gallantly executed on the morning of October 9th. (1812)."

Thursday, October 8, 2015

Le Breton On The Thames

On The Thames

From .... the Le Breton flats.... :

After the disastrous battle at Moraviantown [AKA Thames] where the British were badly defeated and were obliged to retreat to the Niagara River, giving up the whole western portion of the Province, LeBreton volunteered and was sent with a flag of truce to General Harrison to arrange for an exchange of prisoners.


Wednesday, October 7, 2015

Accounts Of The Battle Of Plattsburgh

From A list of pensioners of the war of 1812:

"The enemy under Sir George Prevost amounting to 14,000 regulars and embodied militia, in four brigades commanded by Major Generals De Rottenburgh, Powers, Brisbane, and Robinson, appeared before our works at Plattsburgh...".

Tuesday, October 6, 2015

A Devastating Event In Commodore Elliott's Early Years

From a Speech of Com. Jesse Duncan Elliot  ...:

It is known to many in this respected audience that the honor of a Marylander's birth-right was derived from parents, both of whom were Pennsylvanians, and that in the ninth year of my age, my father [Robert Elliott] was killed by a party of Indians, on the Muskingum, on his route to join the array of Gen. Wayne, to which he was attached as a Commissary.

Robert Elliott's Orders from General Anthony Wayne (a month before Elliott's death):

Plaque Commemorating Fort Hamilton (near Cincinnati, Ohio)

"In 1794, Colonel Robert Elliott, a quartermaster for the army, while traveling with his servant from Fort Washington to Fort Hamilton, was ambushed by the Indians and killed...". [Source]

Friday, October 2, 2015

General Gano To Major Lanier

Headquarter Ohio Militia
October 2d. 1813


General John S. Gano To Major Alexander C. Lanier regarding a court martial, posts and public stores...

A biography of Major Lanier can be read here.

Major Lanier's application for his War of 1812 Pension mentioned being ordered by General Gano to attend a court martial at Fort Meigs...:

Source [Fold3]

Thursday, October 1, 2015

West Pointers, Heroism And Daring


Upon his [Alexander Macomb's] arrival at the seat of government, he found that the corps to which he belonged had been disbanded, but that he had been retained, and attached to the 1st infantry, with the rank of first lieutenant. At the same time authority had been given to raise a corps of engineers...----which corps, when organized, was to constitute the Military Academy.  ....he was transferred to that corps, as a first lieutenant, in October, 1802.

This was the beginning of an institution, which has since made the world ring, with the heroism and daring of the gallant officers whose military character and education were there formed and acquired. [Source]